Saturday, August 26, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! VIDEO - 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders

This week is more about a tip video than a product.

If you look on page 211 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog you'll see five of these embossing folders. You probably already own the Hexagons and the Cable Knit. We've introduced three NEW folders this year.

So here's Donna from the training team with a few tips to get the most from these stepped up embossing folders:

Show me what you do with this folder. Post a link in the comments section to your project for a sample of fall-toned ribbons and wood embellishments.

Creative Blessings!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! VIDEO - A Little Wild!


When it comes to critters, this has to be our cutest set EVER!

Featured on page 108 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, A LITTLE WILD is the perfect bundle for baby cards, albums, shower favors or ... oh wait.. I don't want to give my surprise away. You'll have to come back next week to see what I do with this set!

In the mean time, let's take a walk on the wild side:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Hey all

I'm sorry I don't have the promised card today. I have redone the one I showed yesterday plus have a second one in progress. I had hoped to have it up before the girls and I had to do errands but my dayboss had other ideas. Crossing fingers I get them up tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience while I enjoy these last few days with them.
Creative Blessings!

Monday, August 14, 2017


I say Part 1 because I tried to control myself. A hard task since there are SOOOO many items from the Holiday 2017 catalog that I want.. and more importantly... know I will use over and over again for years to come.

I also say Part 1 because while resizing pictures for this post I realized I didn't photograph everything I bought in this first round. The girls must have needed me for something. But that's okay. I don't want to overwhelm you.

So grab your favorite beverage, a notepad and pen and prepare for some seriously FUN shopping!

This is all I can show you of the catalog for now. If you are one of my customers, a copy is going in the mail to you tomorrow - with a little something extra.

If you'd like a catalog, please fill out the contact form and I'd be happy to drop  one in the mail to you.

So about my haul.  For the first order I focused mostly on the Autumn/ Halloween items, though I did get a head start on Christmas just a little.

I'm going in reverse and start with the Christmas items, then work my way back to Autumn where I will showcase a card made from one of the new Bundles. Yep... There are some great Bundle Alerts coming in this catalog.

If you have Coffee Cafe stamps/ dies , then you're going to want this bundle for sure! 29 photopolymer stamps

I hadn't purchased Coffee Cafe yet, so this encouraged me to do so. I can't wait to play.

I also fell in love with this set: 

As soon as I saw this set, I thought of Cori Spieker - The Reset Girl from the planner community. Her 1950s' Honey Girl stickers and planner items will coordinate so well with this set. 
Speaking of planner, I still want to show you our planner. I think a video will showcase it the best and how I plan to use the layouts. But a video with the girls here is just not a priority. I'm hoping for the first weekend in September. 

These two pictures show front and back of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper. I've noticed an elegance to some of our Christmas stamp sets, papers and embellishments this year. Black, White, Champagne... 

Okay.. on to Halloween - my absolute favorite holiday. I had to pick up two of the three sets on my wish list:


Graveyard Gate is a fun stamp and die set. You can make the front open for a gate-fold card and add a decorative edge to the card with the matching arch. They didn't provide a die for the You're Invited stamp, but wait until you see what I do with this! It's going to be one of those 'why didn't I think of that' moments.

This next set is just sooo much fun. Great for kids cards.. or the kid at heart. 


And the Designer Series Paper... This is where FUN really comes into play:

See the cat paper in picture one? You can punch him out with the punch for dimension.
That tree with the moon behind it in the top paper? That layout is designed so that you can stamp the owl on the limb! How FUN is that! And you can add dimension to the owl by stamping, fussy-cutting the eyes and popping them up with our new Mini Dimensionals.

And for that added something to make your card unique:

Black Rhinestone Jewels, Vintage Crochet Trim in black and mini black sequin trim. I'm also showing the black thread as well as both the solid black and variegated bakers twine. 

Okay, fall has been trying to come to the Ozarks and I have volunteer sunflowers about to bloom. So the Painted Harvest Bundle and Painted Autumn DSP.

I like having just a simple leaf punch and this is perfect for this set. The fern fronds are easy enough to trim around but that 3-leaf stem would be tricky. 

And the DSP:

The suggested color list for this DSP is long... Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.

You'll see in the card below, I should have stamped my flowers in the Daffodil Delight but I overlooked that color option when pulling my colors for this card:

The centers are too stark against the Crushed Curry flowers, so I'll be redoing this one but I wanted to show the elements together. I think my mind instantly went to Crushed Curry because I'd purchased the twine with this order. I'll show you an update tomorrow.

Okay, so except for the things I failed to photograph, that's it for Haul #1. I'll order the second round later in the month so I'll have all new things to show you for September when you can order from the catalog. 

Remember, you can order your Carols of Christmas Bundle NOW.. before the catalog releases.

Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount Bundle

Added items from the Annual Catalog to your shopping list:
Olive Green, Basic Black, Whispter White

Metallic Thread (Gold/ Silver/ Black)
1/4" Natural Trim (Gold/ Silver).
1/8" Ribbon (Gold/ Silver/ Old Olive)
3/8" Shimmer Ribbon (Black
3/8" Metallic- Edge Ribbon (Gold/ Silver)

Stampin Glitter

Will coordinate with the Merry Music DSP and other items from the Carols of Christmas Mega Suite!

REMEMBER: If you earned Bonus Rewards in July, you must use them by August 31st. This would be a great time to use them. 

I'll see you tomorrow for a Painted Autumn Redo and a second card from that suite.

Creative Blessings!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! VIDEO - At Home With You Bundle!


I'll be telling you more about this bundle in the future but I wanted to let Stampin' UP! introduce you to this versatile, all - season, all occasion set.

Depending on the colors you choose, the At Home With You bundle can take you from Spring to Christmas, from Congrats to Thanks and everything in between.

You'll find the Bundle on page 54 of the 20170-2018 Catalog. The stamp set contains 25 photo polymer stamps as well as the dies for cutting out the door and embellishments. For a touch of realism you can add the miniature Boxwood Wreaths (sold on page 197)

Some of the images from Sitting Here (pg 55) are perfect additional embellishments.

To order these or any items from the catalog, simply click on the catalog cover on my sidebar to be taken to my store. Type in my name and you're all set. If you have questions, please feel free to email me.

Here's Brandy, to introduce you to this great new bundle:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

COLOR CHALLENGE - Blooms & Butterflies August

I will admit I've not taken the time to do the challenges from my up-line as I would like. Just been a crazy first year and a half getting settled into my business and fitting it in with the other responsibilities. But one thing is for sure, CREATING relaxes me.  I ENJOY the time I spend with my stamps and colors.

Here is the color challenge for this month:

A wider scope of the cardstock colors:

With the Daisy Punch back in stock, I knew I wanted to use the Daisy Delight Bundle:

Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle

Here's my card for the challenge:

I chose Flirty Flamingo for the base and for the sentiment mat.

For the background, I ghost stamped (1 stamp-off then stamped onto the mat) the Daisy on Whisper White in Rose Red and Peek A Boo Peach. Then I stamped the centers in the same colors. 

In the upper-left corner, I punched out one of the Rose Red daisies I had stamped off and raised it with Stampin Dimensionals.  I also used them to raise the sentiment that I stamped in Real Red. I used the corner rounder on the Envelope Punch Board

I was reminded how much I enjoy creating my own backgrounds and how simplicity can be beautiful. 

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PAPER PUMPKIN - September Promotion

If you've been on the fence about joining Paper Pumpkin, this Fabulous Fall Promotion is sure to help you slip on over to this side of Stampin' UP!

I LOVE receiving my Paper Pumpkin box every month. It's like a birthday present every time one arrives in my mail. If you love surprises and are tired of knowing what your presents are before you get them, then PAPER PUMPKIN is right for you.

Click on the Fall Paper Pumpkin button on my sidebar. That will take you to the Paper Pumpkin homepage. And as always, if you need any assistance, use the contact form. I'm here to help make your Creative time easier.

Creative Blessings!

Monday, August 7, 2017

GRAND GIRLS - Watercolor Pencils

When I saw these pre-printed canvas' at Michaels for $5 each, I knew the girls would love painting them.

They are a stretched canvas. set in the back of the frame is a tray that contains 8 colors, a brush and paint pallet. But I had something else in mind....

Watercolor Pencils

They worked perfectly! Here's a couple pictures of the girls hard at play:

Abby is my right-handed girl

Adrian is a lefty

Adrian likes to learn. I used a cardstock picture on a frame from $ Tree to paint with the girls. As I worked, I showed Adrian how to use a piece of canvas mat board to blend and create shades and colors:

They are works in progress. Well, Adrian's is. Abby decided she didn't want to mess it up with water. LOL Here's her finished product - complete with signature:

Adrian will work on hers a little every day this week. She turned on meditation music on her phone app and enjoyed the relaxation of creating:

Remember, any of our images can be stamped in Archival Black onto small canvas for anyone to paint. This is a great project for kids to begin working on Christmas presents.

Creative Blessings

Saturday, August 5, 2017

STAMPIN' UP! VIDEO - Coffee Cafe Bundle


As we look forward to fall, kids going back to school and our daily schedules become more hectic, if you're a coffee lover then have I got the bundle for you.

Coffee Cafe is found on pg. 30-31 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. A fabulous Stamp/ Die set Bundle plus DSP, 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon and Corrugated Elements all come together for great opportunities  to create heart warming gifts for family and friends. And this isn't just for coffee! Hot Cocoa, Chai, Tea, etc. Watch the video and let your imagination flow!

Want a sample of the DSP? Leave a comment below to win a free sampler pack!
Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Remember that fabulous Christmas set - Carols of Christmas - I showed you in the past couple of weeks? Now you can purchase this fabulous bundle before the Holiday Catalog releases Sept. 1!

Here's Brandy from the company to share the set with you:

Order yours HERE and remember, if you placed an order in July, you can apply your Bonus Coupons to your order.  And a little hint - you will want to order the New Mini Stampin' Dimensionals - Page 203 of your Annual Catalog. Item #144108 - $4.00 (720 pieces!) They're perfect for adding dimension to those small ornaments.